Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ran in the rain

Alot going on today. We have an exchange student coming to live with us for the school year from August to June. Tomorrow we have the rep coming out to meet our family and of course tons of cleaning and tidying to be done before she arrives.

Cleaned most of the day but still wanted to fit my run in today. Ended up running in the rain. I was so ready for it, bring it on if you must. It was not going to stop me.

Had a glass of wine and a beer tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed it and stayed within my nutritional range, well ok my carbs were over by a little bit but hopefully the run will compensate for that...but until those beverages, I was perfect.

Nick and I prepared $40.00 worth of boneless, skinless chicken breast with a little olive oil and rosemary for the entire week, on the barbeque. I prepared and Nick barbequed. I had some of it for lunch with some asparagus, it was moist and delicious. Fresh Rosemary rocks.
Last night, went to the movies with Brooklin and some friends, ordered a small popcorn and a diet coke. Never done that before. I savoured it piece by piece and made it last till half way through the movie. Definately never done that before. That was a breakthrough.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Can I reach my goal by October 23rd?

Starting to question whether my goal weight of 145 is attainable by Oct. 23rd.

I have had a few moments of panic today wondering if I can make it in time...but I am telling myself what I tell members, all you can do is your personal best and your body will take care of the rest.

I just have to keep my nose to the grindstone and keep tracking my workouts and my meals.

Yesterday was a little bit of a setback because I did not track my day until I had already eaten my last meal of the day and to my shock and dismay, I went over in my calories and fat grams for the day. I learned from that mistake to always enter my foods into the Curves Complete meal planner before I eat them to be sure I can afford them in my daily plan.

I tracked every last bite before I ate them today!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Back from Texas- Creative ordering

Wow, back from a business trip in Texas. Still managed to be down in weight after being away for a week... That was really hard to keep my focus while I was away. There were many tempting opportunities but I was able to resist chocolate mud pie brownie dessert and burgers and homemade fries and all sorts of mouthwatering foods.

But, I felt so proud of myself for the choices I made. Was out for dinner a few times while I was away...

One dinner I ordered grilled salmon with extra cooked veggies and a salad.

I ordered a huge salad with grilled chicken another night.

I ordered a veggie burger and had exta veggie toppings on it and feta cheese. I did not eat any of the bun. I had a salad on the side.

None of these dinners came with what I ordered on the side but it is amazing how helpful wait staff can be when you just ask for what you want.

I am so grateful I survived with a loss. I had no access to a computer while I was away so I could not keep track on my online weight loss program and I was in meetings for so many hours while I was away, I just had to do my best. I brought healthful snacks to much on during the meetings.

Exhausted, jet lag is setting in.



Monday, June 16, 2008

PMS & bloated 4 miles out

PMS and water retention is not encouraging when you are trying to lose weight. I am still following and on track but still feeling like my stomach is sticking out 4 miles.

I am trying to drink tons of water to counteract the water retention. Crazy that if you have water retention, you should actually drink more water. Last thing that you would think that you want to do.

In the past, I would be craving major carbs due to this time of month, but the absence of carbs makes you not crave them. Halleleuia.

Thats a breakthrough for not crave carbs. Normally I would be looking for chips or chocolate or something "unhealthy"

Something about feeling crampy and achey and bloated that makes you want to turn to comfort the fact that I am not craving comfort food,,,,is fantastic!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Drinking Water, Water , and more Water

In my quest to drink more water, I have tried some tricks that have worked.

For those of you who do not know, I STRUGGLE to get my water in every day. I worship people that LOVE water. I want to LOVE water...but I really dont. I have to pretend I do to my daughter and now she too is drinking more water.

So, here's what I have tried.

I have water in front of my nose at every moment of the day. I buy cases of water and I just dug out the water cooler from the spare room and cleaned it up. Now its in the kitchen where it should be and in my face. You can drink way more water out of a big glass than out of the tiny spout of a water this is good.

But, I also have water bottles with me everywhere I go. When I am working out, I leave the cap off the water bottle, I save time unscrewing it and can just dive right in and start gulping. Nestle water may have a slightly higher sodium content than other water bottles but the bottle is really squishy so you can literally squish the water out and down your throat. Every stoplight, drink water. When you are stuck in traffic, rather than grip the steering wheel, drink water.

I am adding water to my protein shake. Sneaking water in whenever I can. It even helps to eat water-rich foods like celery and lettuce, hey there's water in there. If you have decaf tea or coffee they too count as water.

My Mom drinks two waters as soon as she wakes up, what a great idea.

Even soups made with a low sodium broth, there is more water.

My skin and hair are feeling a happy healthy differnce to what I am

Start out with 8 loose blue elastics on one wrist in the morning. As you drink 8 ounces, take off an elastic and switch it to the other wrist, when you have switched them all over to the other side, you can go to bed.

Ahhhhh, Good night

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Balancing it all...Deciding you will do it!

Sometimes, balancing everything that you try to do seems impossible but somehow when you make a decision to do something you miraculously find the time.

What do I mean by that...I still have the same 24 hours that I always had and I still have just as many obligations and committments with running 3 Curves and a family, but somehow I am fitting it all in when a few short weeks ago I truly believed that I did not have time to workout or plan meals in advance or keep track of my nutritional needs. When you decide to and make that huge commitment, somehow the balancing act gets easier.

Just decide! And tell the people in your circle of influence that this you are going to do...they will support you. If they dont, come to Curves and we will be your support system. But seriously with everything I have on my plate, I could continue to make excuses why this is too hard, but that is not going to get me anywhere.... Deciding to do it and asking for support and guidance. If you do not have that in your life, seek it out...go to the professionals that can give it to you. Lets do it together. Remember this...If you continue to do what you have always done, you continue to get what you have always got, what changes are you willing to make. Start now! You CAN do it!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What am I eating?

I would like to thank everyone for being so wonderful. When you put yourself out there like this, you never know how people are going to react. I am so amazed and thrilled by all the positive feedback and support that everyone has showed me. I feel very blessed. The number one question that so many people are asking is ...what are you eating?

So, I decided to post on this blog today exactly what I ate today. EXACTLY!!

1 glass of water
2 Curves multi-vitamins
Curves Cereal-1 cup
Skim milk- 1/2 cup
Banana 1/2 medium size
Egg Beaters egg subsitute 1/2 cup
1 oz. of light Maple Leaf cheddar cheese
Large Tim Hortons coffee with 1/2 of a cream and 1/2 of a sugar

1 glass of water
1/8th of a cup of blanched almonds
1 container Danone activia yogurt

1 glass of water
6 oz. skinless chicken breast with fresh rosemary
1/2 cup of carrots

1 glass of water
2 slices Wasa Multigrain crackers
4 oz. lean Deli turkey breast
small Tim Horton's coffee with 1/ 2 of a cream and 1/2 of a sugar

1 glass of water
2 Blue Water Salmon Grill fillets (Garlic butter)
huge garden salad with 1 TBLSP balsamic vinageretter dressing.
Grilled mushrooms 1/4 cup
Grilled cauliflower 1 1/2 cups

There is no deprivation whatsoever here. I am completely satisfied and feel energized and in control.

Oh, and it sure helps you stay motivated when your husband tells you that your legs are getting thinner. Bless his heart. Compliments make the journey even more enjoyable.

I am following the guidlines of the Curves Complete online weight loss program. Just google Curves Complete and you can check it out. If you would like to try a complimentary month, just let me know. I would be happy to provide you with a free 30 day voucher that you can try from the comfort of your home. I wish you all much success.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weekends take REAL FOCUS

This is my 3rd weekend in a row staying focused and on track. It takes real forethought and confidence to make it through challenging food related functions.

Saturday was a family function that is always built around a meal. My sister called to say Mom was thinking about serving lasagna and we would all contribute something to compliment that, she thought maybe garlic bread and salad and some form of dessert.

Pasta has always been a "red light" food for me. Stopping at one serving is tough plus I am avoiding white flour products now so...this would have been a challenge. I said that thats fine with me but I would bring alternate food for myself because I would not be eating lasagna. I normally try to go with the flow but I knew that this had the potential to sabatoge my success. God Bless my family because the next thing I knew, the menu was Swiss Chalet. I ordered a quarter chicken breast with salad. Although others were still having fries with their chicken and nachos (my favourite), I felt completely in control and satisfied. My Mom had prepared delicious Rhubarb and set a portion aside with no sugar for me that I sprinkled a little splenda on. They had theirs on ice cream with jello but I savoured every bite of my healthy version.

Today could have been challenging again, as we attended a Strawberry Social...You can imagine what was served at that function. You guessed it strawberries and ice cream. HMMMM... I got creative and brought with me a vanilla yogurt in my purse and asked for just the strawberries and I poured my yogurt over top. It was delicious and again I conquered what has in the past defeated me.

The heat could have stopped my workout today but I really wanted to get it in there so I did some ab work at home and met up with a Curves member (Ronda) who is going to join me in the half marathon. We met at Oaks Park for 40 minutes of run/walk intervals. We were drenched with sweat afterwards but it was a great feeling of accomplishment once we were done.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Heat Wave!

Wow, this sudden heat wave really drains your energy.
We had a family birthday today. Our puppy turned one today. Happy Birthday Paisley.

We had a fun-filled Puppy Birthday party tonight with a neighbourhood puppy friend as her guest along with Brooklin, my 7 year old daughter and all the neighbourhood kids. Puppies got puppy-loot bags and earned reward ribbons for running races. The dogs wore party hats and enjoyed the kiddy pool thats been passed down to the puppy. The kids enjoyed sugar free freezies and lit sparklers. One little girl told me that it was the most fun Puppy pool party she has ever been to. Probably the ONLY puppy party she has ever been to I'm guessing.

Nick barbequed the most delicous steaks for dinner and I had a whole bunch of cauliflower with it and a small baked potatoe. It was heavenly and on track, imagine that!

Thank goodness I did my Curves workout today because this heat did not invite me to go for a run...although my husband offered to go with me...I passed due to sheer exhaustion. No central air in my house. I think I will sweat out 10 pounds tonight while I sleep. Hey, not a bad plan...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

My big Red cooler bag filled with food

I am wiped out today. Another loooong day, just got finished again after 930pm.

Family missing me tons from being away such long hours. Need to figure out a better plan.

I loved every minute of this action packed day at Curves. Trained 5 new members on the circuit and managed to miraculously fit in my 30 minute Curves workout. Burned close to 500 calories in my 30 minute workout. Felt great.

On long days like this... away from home for so long, the old me would have been skipping meals until I was starving after hours with no food and then go get some form of take out out of desperation. But not now, I am packing up my big red cooler bag and bringing it with me to work. Its is filled with all the nutritious food I need to eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Thats the key success, be Prepared & Plan ahead!!

Fitting in exercise

This post is actually from Wed. June 5th but my computer was not cooperating last night.

Wed. June 4th.
Unexpectedly, my workday today went from 830am straight through to 9:30 pm. My workout today did not happen. By the time I got home, I just wanted to spend what little bit of time I could with Nick and Brooklin before bedtime. My good intentions for getting in a workout went out the door.

Thankfully, I had rode my bike with Brooklin in the morning to take her to school and then had forgotten my house keys in her backpack which was with her at school and had to ride my bike back to the school to retrieve the keys. Plus, I probably did 4 first workouts with new members and was literally running off my feet the whole day. But, nonetheless, my scheduled workout never happened.

I am trying to build in automatic exercise into our family schedule which is not only ensuring we all move a little bit more but also its fun family time outdoors. If we can possibly walk or ride our bike somewhere, we are leaving the car at home. You should have seen Brooklin and I the other day at the grocery store. Thank goodness I have a baby seat on the back of my bike as I had to bungy cord in a case of water and 4 bags of groceries onto the back of my bike. It was a challenge but we had fun tackling it together.

I am going to try to set up a more structured "sure thing" training schedule so that this does not happen again.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

No time to eat

Today was a really busy day at Curves. Although I am determined to eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, today there was just not even one second to stop. We were just hopping with phone calls and, I went 5 hours without eating. This is not good.

Once again, I know better but sometimes your day gets away from you and you just have to do your best with what you have to work with.

The old me "the all perfect or forget it" me would have gave in the towel for the day...but I am determined to keep my "focus".

Because I literally missed a snack and lunch (two meals), it was impossible to catch up on all the missed eating and you should'nt even try. I came in really low on my target calories, protein and believe it or not even low on my fat for the day, but thats okay. I will do better tomorrow. If this happened more than one day in a row, it would bring back compulsive eating tendencies because when your body has gone without eating for any length of time, you tend to want to "eat the house" .

If its a matter of forgetting to eat, a great tip is to set your cell phone alarm or any other timer to go off every 2 1/2 to 3 a reminder until it becomes second nature for your body to start reminding you. This will keep your metabolism's engine roaring and will fight off those dreaded starvation hormones from producing in your body which will actually S L O W down your metabolism. Thats the last thing we want to happen when are goal is to lose weight.

I had a great workout at Curves today and also managed to squeeze in a 45 minute run tonight after dinner. I feel great!

I checked my body fat % tonight and its down almost 1% in just 2 weeks. Yahoo!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Why you should not weigh yourself daily

I should know better than to weigh myself daily. You should really only weigh yourself once a week... But my excitement got the best of me and I weighed myself this morning. I' m up a pound. What a huge disappointment. I know its probably just water weight but just the same its discouraging to have worked so hard yesterday at staying perfectly on track and getting in my excercise and to be up in weight just seems unfair. The only way to have an accurate weigh in is to weigh in weekly, I advise members all the time..and it should be in the same clothes and at roughly the same time of day, if possible and on the same scale. That is really important.

This is why. Let my disappointment be a lesson to everyone, dont do it. It can really affect your psyche.

I just picked myself back up and wiped myself off and started with a fresh new day today. I was really proud of my food choices today as well. Lacked water today. Will work on that tomorrow. Any water tips would be so helpful. Ways to trick yourself into getting lots of water in.

I am really in need of a great night sleep to renew my faith.


Sunday, June 1, 2008

10 Down and 45 to go

My energy levels and excitement are so high. I hit my nutrition targets today and I am so proud. It was not easy but it was fun checking out different ways to get in my protein. Tuna, although not my favourite food; it is sooo high in protein and sooo low in fat that it is practically a perfect food if there is such a thing. If you asked me a short while ago, I would not have been telling you that 'TUNA' was a perfect food. Probably more like movie theatre popcorn; perfect on a "flavour scale" that is. Nutritionally not so much!

Went on a family walk today, ended up at the park, Brooklin brought her friend Ashley and while they were on the climbing bars, Brooklin bruised her knee. They had worn their rollerblades so rather than have her hobble home on her sore knee, I ran home with the dog and got the car. My goal was to get back for her as quick as I could and the sprint was exhilerating. Any time I can steal away for some extra cardio, I am jumping at the chance.

Tuna for me is all in what you add to it and what kind. Albacore tuna in water is the best nutritionally and flavour-wise. If you add some crunchy chopped veggies (like celery and onion, I even tried shredded carrots), dry mustard, lemon juice and a teeny bit of light mayo and some dill, its actually quite good. Oh ya and black ground pepper too.

I weighed in this morning and I am down to 190 pounds, that means I have lost 10 pounds so far...with just 45 to go. I figure if I lose 2.5 pounds per week, I can make it to my goal of 145 by Oct. 23rd. Here's hoping!!

Every week that I reach or exceed my 2.5 pound goal, I am going to reward myself in some way. Even if its just a bouquet of fresh cut flowers as a reminder to celebrate my success.

My husband, Nick amazes me. He is really more supportive than he even knows. He keeps telling me that he knows I will reach my goal, he sees my determination and believes that I will do it. He fears if it does not happen by Oct. 23rd that I will be so disappointed but he wanted me to know that lets just say if...I don't quite make it by then, that I will make it and its more than okay if I make it there 2 weeks later or 2 months later or however much longer it may take. He loves me no matter what number is on the scale. Bless his heart.

But I am going to make it by then. PERIOD, END OF STORY!